Neoen starts work on next Tesla big battery project in Victoria

French renewable energy developer Neoen, the owner and operator of the Tesla big battery in South Australia, has begun work on the Bulgana green power hub in Victoria, again combining a major wind farm with battery storage. The $350 million project will include a 194MW wind farm and a 20MW/34MWh battery storage facility using Tesla … Read more

100 per cent renewable within reach

A Victorian border town wants 100 per cent renewable energy by 2022 and the federal Coalition is offering surprise support. Plans to build a Yackandandah minigrid, using solar energy stored in homes, were described as “fantasy” by then Resources Minister Matt Canavan back in February 2017. Yet Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg described them as … Read more

New apartment solar uptake and business investment

The City of Sydney is supporting a $2.25 million Ausgrid program which could boost apartment solar uptake in the area. The City is contributing $750,000 to the initiative aimed at reducing electricity demand and carbon emissions in the Sydney region. Ausgrid has the second lowest rate of solar uptake in Australia due to its large number … Read more

Battery storage grid link more reliable as coal-fired generators fade out: AEMC

Increasing amounts of renewable energy are challenging Australia’s national grid as coal-fired generators fade out. But battery storage grid integration could provide the needed stability. A report by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released today explores the instability caused by adding solar energy and wind power to the nation’s generator mix. The grid requires a … Read more

Uber self-driving fatality raises questions about autonomous vehicles

An Uber self-driving car has hit and killed a pedestrian in the US, marking the first known death of a pedestrian struck by a car in autonomous mode on a public road. The accident, which happened in Phoenix in Sunday night (local time), is still in the process of being investigated by Arizona Police. So … Read more

AEMO wants new rules to keep up with shift to renewables, rising temps

The Australian Energy Market Operator is calling for broad changes to Australia’s energy market rules, saying they are not keeping up with the shift to wind and solar, battery storage, and rising temperatures that are making ageing coal plants less reliable. In a new 72-page report underlying the rapid shift in Australia’s energy market, and … Read more

The unholy alliance that explains why renewables are trouncing nuclear

The Conversation  ‘I was the future once.’ If recent trends continue for another two years, the global share of electricity from renewables excluding hydropower will overtake nuclear for the first time. Even 20 years ago, this nuclear decline would have greatly surprised many people – particularly now that reducing carbon emissions is at the top … Read more